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Computed Tomography of the Lung

A Pattern Approach

  • Concise, easy to use guide to the CT features of a wide range of lung diseases and other diseases with a pulmonary component

  • Describes the main appearance and distribution patterns of disease with the help of many colour drawings and high-quality illustrations

  • Includes helpful diagnostic algorithms


Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Johny A. Verschakelen
    Pages 1-2
  3. Johny A. Verschakelen, Walter De Wever
    Pages 3-16
  4. Johny A. Verschakelen, Walter De Wever
    Pages 17-27
  5. Johny A. Verschakelen, Walter De Wever
    Pages 29-45
  6. Johny A. Verschakelen, Walter De Wever
    Pages 47-68
  7. Johny A. Verschakelen, Walter De Wever
    Pages 69-86
  8. Johny A. Verschakelen, Walter De Wever
    Pages 87-104
  9. Walter De Wever, Johny A. Verschakelen
    Pages 105-185
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 187-195

About this book


For many years now, high-resolution CT has been an indispensable tool in the evaluation of patients with suspected diffuse pulmonary disease. Today, owing to continuous technical improvements and in particular the introduction of multidetector CT, very detailed images of the lung can be obtained in every patient undergoing chest CT. As a consequence, interpretation of the findings requires good knowledge and understanding of the CT signs of the other more common pulmonary diseases. Importantly, understanding the CT features of lung disease is as important as knowing them, and is mandatory if discussions between radiologists, clinicians and pathologists are to prove fruitful.

In "Computed Tomography of the Lung: a Pattern Approach", the appearance and distribution patterns of lung diseases are described and explained, and are used as the basis for discussion of differential diagnosis. In the first part of the book, the four main appearance patterns of lung disease - nodular, linear, and increased and decreased lung attenuation – are described with the help of many colour drawings and high-quality illustrations. This approach will enable the reader to recognise and understand these patterns and to interpret them in order to reach a diagnosis. In the second part, many typical cases are shown which will assist the reader in applying what was learned in the first part.

This concise, easy to use and didactic book will help the radiologist in training to learn and understand the CT features of lung disease and is also recommended to more experienced specialists wishing to update their knowledge in the field.


computed tomography (CT) diagnosis tomography

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity Hospitals LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

About the authors

Curriculum vitae Johny A. Verschakelen

Professor of Radiology – Catholic University Leuven, Belgium

Senior staff member, responsible for chest radiology at the department of Radiology, University Hospitals Leuven.

Founding member, member of the Board and Past President of the European Society of Thoracic Imaging.

Member of the Board and General Secretary of the Belgian Radiological Society.

Member of the Fleischner Society, the Society of Thoracic Imaging, the European Respiratory Society, the ECR and the RSNA.

Reviewer of several journals.

He has a widespread interest in all aspects of chest radiology, with a particular interest in CT of the lungs.

Invited lecturer worldwide on many aspects of chest radiology.

Author and co-author of about 100 scientific publications in international journals and books.

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From the reviews:

"The authors of this book, part of the Medical Radiology – Diagnostic Imaging and radiation Oncology series, present a sound approach to diagnosis of lung disease based on the CT appearance of the pulmonary parenchyma. … The book is appropriate for the practicing radiologist who wishes to embark on evaluation of the lungs and their diseases according to anatomic parameters, especially HRCT. … Clinical physicians with a particular interest in pulmonary disease will find the book useful as well." (Lisa Diethelm, Doody's Review Service, August, 2007)

"The purpose of this book is to present a pattern approach, using high-resolution CT, to evaluate the pulmonary parenchyma in normal and diseased states. ... This book is aimed towards radiology residents and fellows, as well as trainees in pulmonary medicine. ... This book belongs to the teaching library of radiology residents and fellows. It will give these trainees a good approach to evaluating pulmonary diseases." (Aurelio Matamoros, The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, Vol. 49 (1), January, 2008)